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    html enabled browsers

    Anyone out there have a good, reliable idea as to:

    a)what percentage of email clients are html-enabled

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    b)what percentage of email users are thereby able to read html mail?

    I publish an e-mail newsletter with html and non-html versions, but we want to increase our quality (and hopefully subscribers) by getting the good (html) version in as many hands as possible. Any help on these questions?

    Thanks!
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    I'd say it's preferrable to keep the choice available to all users. Some people simply prefer plain text for e-mails.
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    I agree with fatnewt, basically a lot of users disable html in emails, IIRC AOL users can't view html? I know they can't view links properly...

    When people apply for the newsletter, give them options for html or non-html, I think that's the best option at the moment. Maybe in future everyone will allow html.

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    Text email is best. Why not HTML? See here:

    http://www.delux.com/articles/HTMLmail.html

    A good option if possible would be to provide both: Text and HTML.

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    Both HTML and TEXT should be sent.

    Here is a good article about everything relating to both HTML and TEXT Emails.

    http://www.mailsbroadcast.com/email....ml.or.text.htm

    From a marketing stand point, it would be nice if everyone accepted HTML (b/c of tracking, aesthetics ,etc) but a lot of companies are now blocking HTML emails b/c of Spam and Viruses. Best bet is to just take the 5 extra minutes and do a text version as well as the HTML.

    I know my email client (I use Goldmine) previews the message in text to prevent tracking, but when i double click into the message, it brings up all HTML coding.
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    On a related note, Outlook Express seems to have HTML mail reading disabled, anyone know how to enable it?
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    The best approach would be to send the message as multipart/alternative. This way, if the email client has HTML disabled, it will display the text version. But there is a major drawback: the size of the message ( = the size of the text version + the size of the HTML version)


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